Boring wardrobe is what I have, and I think I am stuck in a rut, style-wise. I see many other women afflicted with ‘style-rut‘ as well – wearing almost the same fashion, shoes and hairstyle for decades. I suspect it’s due to the feeling of security and comfort that familiarity brings and maybe has something to do with fear of change.
For many years (maybe around 2 decades) I have been wearing almost identical styles and colour without thinking of their effects on my mood, overall presentation, etc. Plus, my working environment favours a specific type of clothing and colours (along the theme of grey, navy, black or white), and I am so used to wearing the same old colours, that those dreary colours crept into my casual and weekend wardrobe as well. In short, I prefer sombre, safe colours.
I also prefer to buy good quality clothes, a bit pricey, but lasts long. Therefore, I seldom need to update my wardrobe. Evidently, I don’t have much time for shopping, so whenever I shop, I make sure to buy a few items at the same time – which would usually result in more greys, black, etc. Luckily, my baju kurungs don’t suffer the same fate as they are usually very colourful. It has gone so bad that my sisters have intervened and bought me colourful blouses and dresses themselves.
It’s not that I don’t like colours and colourful blouses and skirts, etc. It’s just that picking and mixing colours requires skill. Some of us as blessed with the ability to pick pleasant colours, some are gifted to impress with colours, and some (like me) prefer to play it safe.
However, as I look at the people around me and the colours everywhere, I realise that playing it safe doesn’t have to mean boring. And colourful dresses won’t necessarily make me look like I’m draped in rainbow. So, I look around some more and love a lot that I see.
Here are some of the collection (for all shapes and sizes) that I hope will inspire and propel me to brighten my wardrobe.
These are a few that I would love to try on.
Let’s start with the sweet and sexy NY Collection Petite Dress, Cap-Sleeve Belted A-Line. The colour is stated as ‘Orchid’ but to me it seems like lilac – which I love. The self-tie belt is a nice touch.
Maybe it’s the model, or maybe it’s the a-la patchwork pattern on the dress that has made NY Collection Sleeveless Printed Maxi Dress a favourite. I could picture myself wearing this under a short muted coloured cardigan.
The next ensemble is a rainbow of colours. NY Collection Petite Printed Maxi Dress and Shrug ) is versatile, can be worn without the shrug. Almost retro, it would brighten up any wardrobe.
Charter Club Petite Floral-Print Cardigan, Pima Cotton Tee & Straight-Leg Ankle Pants, is conservative with a twist of lemon. I think it’s the cardigan that truly caught my eyes. Whether worn with a skirt or over a dress, the bright cardigan will get us noticed!
All the above are from Macy’s online store. The prices are quite reasonable, with some on discounts. Unfortunately, Macy’s currently doesn’t ship to Malaysia.
As I’m one of those females who prefer wearing blouses with pants rather than with skirt, I had lots of fun looking at tops at online stores. These are among the many blouses that I would love to wear with loose leggings or pants. All are pretty, feminine and look comfortable.
All of them can be found at My Shopbop. But let me warn you – they are very, very pricey! Still, it’s nice to have a look at them just to get a general idea and inspiration on what looks good and trendy today.
Monochrome but not Monotonous
Somehow, I think black and white is a must-have in everybody’s wardrobe. There will always be occasions that suits this combination. Honestly, I still can’t lose my dependence on these colours!
Another maxi, you ask? Well, this one is special. I have my eye on this Alfani Sleeveless Striped Belted Maxi Dress because I like the ‘V’ patterns of the fabric. The ‘V’ pattern coupled with the belt gives a very nice touch – slimming.
Kasper Sleeveless Sheath Dress & Three-Quarter-Sleeve Printed Jacket is a two-piece dress that is not only stylishly simple but also comfortable. The classic black sheath dress could easily be worn without the jacket. When the three-quarter sleeve jacket is buttoned, it will create a 60’s Jackie O look with just an inch or two of the black dress peeking out. I think this ensemble would also look elegant if worn with a belt. Or, the jacket itself could be worn with a pair of black or white pants.
Want to look different at a meeting? The very light grey Le Suit Plus Size Single-Button Pantsuit with Scarf is a power suit that looks demure and lovely, and it’s not a boring black. I would prefer the jacket to be a bit longer though, as I have a pear-shaped body.
Style&co. Plus Size Sleeveless Scarf-Print A-Line Dress not only has a lovely pattern, the empire waist and handkerchief hem are very flattering to womanly curves. For those who wear hijab, this dress could be worn over a long sleeved shirt or under a short jacket, and leggings.
Of course, if I dress up according to my body shape, that is even better! However, if anyone is hoping for splashes of very bright or neon colour – wait a while ya, as transition takes some time. 😀